Coronation Street legend Liz Dawn has passed away at the age of 77, her family have this morning (September 26) confirmed. Best known for her role as Vera Duckworth in the ITV soap, she was a woman who lit up the lives of all those who watched her; an entertainment juggernaut who will be sorely missed.

Liz Dawn has died, aged 77 / Credit: Alan Towse/FAMOUS

Liz Dawn has died, aged 77 / Credit: Alan Towse/FAMOUS

Her family said in a statement: “We are devastated and heartbroken at the passing of our much-loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, the incredible Liz Dawn.

“Liz died peacefully last night at home with her loving family around her.

“She has been the love, light and inspiration in our lives and we are bereft at her passing.”

A spokesperson for Coronation Street said in a statement: “It is with the greatest sadness that we have learned our beloved Liz Dawn has passed away last night. Her family at Coronation Street are heartbroken.

“We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathy at this very sad time to Liz’s devoted husband Don, her loving children Graham, Dawn, Ann and Julie, their families and her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

“We have been blessed to have Liz in our lives, as she was such a kind, considerate and caring friend and colleague. As Coronation Street’s Vera Duckworth for 34 years, Liz brought so much joy and happiness to so many. She was a wonderful actress who will forever be a true Coronation Street legend.”

The soap’s executive producer Kieran Roberts added: “Liz Dawn was a true Coronation Street legend, a brilliant actor and a wonderful person. Everyone lucky enough to have worked with Liz during her thirty-four years playing Corrie icon Vera Duckworth will remember her with huge affection.”

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